Back pain usually resolves itself naturally over the course of a few days or even a couple of weeks. If the pain does not begin to get better or actually gets worse, it is in your best interest to visit a back doctor.
Schedule an appointment with a back doctor if you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
Back Pain After a Traumatic Incident
A traumatic incident, such as a car accident or a bad fall, may result in back pain symptoms. Even if the back pain is tolerable, see a back doctor in order to determine the extent of your injury – especially if you are over the age of 50 or you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists after three months. However, it is a good idea not to wait that long before seeing a back doctor if you have chronic back pain, because it may indicate an underlying condition which must be addressed.
Lower Back Pain that Travels Down to the Lower Extremities
Radiating lower back pain that goes down to your legs and even your feet may be a symptom of radiculopathy, which is an injury of the spine nerve root, or it may also be sciatica. This pain is often accompanied by numbness, tingling, and weakness in the area. Properly diagnosing the condition requires image-guided scanning.
Bladder and Bowel Problems
It is not normal for back pain to be accompanied with bladder and bowel problems. The combination of these symptoms usually indicates a more serious health condition.
Bladder and bowel control issues that are combined with severe low back pain are common symptoms of Cauda equina syndrome, which is caused by irritated nerves in the spinal canal. Another symptom of this condition is numbness in the anal area.
Daily Activities Are Challenging or Impossible to Do
Back pain can be limiting and may prevent you from doing some things, especially physically demanding activities. However, if your back pain is making it difficult to perform simple household chores or to drive, or if it has made you miss too much time off of work, a back doctor could get you on the road to recovery so you can regain your independence.
Spine Specialists in Central Maryland
Treatment for back pain often includes pain management therapies and physical therapy, and it may also include simple outpatient surgery. Here at the Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland Spine Care, our board-certified spine specialists can diagnose the exact cause of your back pain and provide or prescribe treatment that works.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our back doctors, contact our caring staff today by calling us at (410) 644-1880 or (855) 4MD-BONE (463-2663) or fill out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you get past your back pain.